What the Blue Jays did during the offseason
The Toronto Blue Jays’ regular season gets underway on March 29th, with a home opener against the Yankees. Last year was a bit of a comedown: after making the playoffs in the previous two seasons, Toronto finished fourth in its division. The team may have been a little dispirited by the lack of postseason baseball, but they still found some creative ways to keep themselves occupied during the offseason.
Josh Donaldson isn’t officially a Canadian citizen, but he may as well be. The Bringer of Rain did what any Canadian would do during the Christmas break: play some road hockey.
Yes, that’s Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. He spends the offseason living in Vegas. It was a little odd to see him wearing Golden Knights gear, though, because the team happened to be playing the Maple Leafs that night:
Wow Troy Tulowitzki wants to be traded to Vegas pic.twitter.com/VjfL51zCuI
— Matthew Henderson (@mhenderson95) December 31, 2017
Speaking of hockey, Donaldson was like Polkaroo, showing up unexpectedly at a Lightning/Canucks game to crash this interview with Canadian PGA pro Adam Hadwin:
.@sportsnetmurph interviewing Adam Hadwin… and Josh Donaldson appears. pic.twitter.com/CvyC81nRU6
— Ryan Biech (@ryanbiech) February 9, 2018
Along the way, someone decided “goat yoga” was officially a thing. Marcus Stroman gave it a shot and shared his experience with the world:
To be the GOAT, you have to train with goats. Just crushed some Goat Yoga. Not kidding. Lol ? @J_Bottz pic.twitter.com/Exi4TJ2s4I
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) February 4, 2018
The Suicide Squad movie was an unmitigated train wreck, but it inspired Donaldson and his partner, Briana Miller, to wear these Joker and Harley Quinn Halloween costumes:
Being a Major League Baseball player comes with a few luxuries. Roberto Osuna landed an endorsement deal with Jaguar:
At the same time, he was happy to play Santa and give back to the kids in Los Mochis, Mexico, his hometown.
Some pitchers use the offseason to add a new pitch to their repertoire. Aaron Sanchez added a new bundle of joy to his family unit:
Sanchez wasn’t the only Blue Jays player to add another roster spot to his family. Centre fielder Kevin Pillar has a new baby girl:
Happy birthday to our favorite guy! We love you so much and are so thankful for all you do for us! ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/KpWmys2rHd
— Amanda Pillar (@amandathon) January 4, 2018
Yangervis Solarte, who’s new to the team, kept in shape this offseason by putting his entire family on his back:
.@Solarte26 se ha preparado arduamente en la temporada baja. Su familia lo ayuda y entrena con él. ?? #NoHayDescanso ⚾️
#MLBVenezuela ?? pic.twitter.com/A3jEfYTntx
— MLB Venezuela (@MLB_VZ) February 4, 2018
Low-key house party for New Year’s Eve? Not for this guy. Marcus Stroman rung in the New Year in Dubai.
Happy New Years! #2018 pic.twitter.com/igxHCSr3Lf
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) December 31, 2017
This tweet didn’t age well, did it?
Celebrating #NewYearsEve with @BlueJays ace @MStrooo6. We’re both hoping for a big 2018! #HappyNewYears #2018 #TeamBlue #onpoli pic.twitter.com/V7mOUVJviG
— Patrick Brown (@brownbarrie) December 31, 2017
It’s common to see Toronto Blue Jays players courtside at Toronto Raptors games, and vice versa. Here are two of 2017’s most successful Toronto pro athletes together at one event: Kyle Lowry and Marcus Stroman.
?? @Klow7 #HDMH @BlueJays @Raptors pic.twitter.com/PgLeqymx71
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) December 16, 2017
Several Blue Jays players travelled to Vancouver on the club’s annual Winter Tour. Marco Estrada, Dalton Pompey, Aaron Sanchez and Justin Smoak served up meals at Ronald McDonald House:
Marco the Master Chef and your #BlueJays cooked up some amazing memories last night at @RMHBC!
Judge @A_Sanch41 approves. ? pic.twitter.com/JMYRqjtHkk
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) January 13, 2018
Jose Bautista’s wedding was a star-studded affair. He isn’t back in a Blue Jays uniform this year, but many of his former teammates were on the guest list: Marcus Stroman, Devon Travis, Jose Reyes and Russell Martin among them:
Congrats to my brother @JoeyBats19! pic.twitter.com/B9zJnOdLu5
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) November 20, 2017
Landing a video game cover is one of the highest personal accolades a baseball player can earn. Stroman continued his whirlwind 2017 by announcing he’s the latest cover athlete for the Canadian edition of MLB The Show.
Canadian Coverboy 2018! #shhh @MLBTheShow ?? @BlueJays pic.twitter.com/wc4lZeyZET
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) November 7, 2017